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TN Mechanical Engineer Case Summary 2.4.2020

Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi is back from the U.S./Canadian border! She met with a client who is applying for a TN work permit as a Mechanical Engineer. In this scenario, our client was entering the U.S. periodically to provide services on behalf of a U.S. company and was told by CBP that he needed a work permit.  […]

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TN Management Consultant Case Summary 2.4.2020

Did you know that the Management Consultant classification is the only TN classification that does not require a bachelor’s degree? This forces Customs and Border Protection to look at Management Consultant cases microscopically as it is the most “abused” classification. In this situation, our client has had multiple TNs so we showed that our client’s work […]

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TN Computer Systems Analyst Case Summary 2.4.2020

Managing Partner Rosanna Berardi discusses a recent TN application for a Computer Systems Analyst. This case is unique in the sense that the applicant did not possess a degree in computer science, rather, the applicant has an MBA and many years of work experience.  As some of you may know, the Computer Systems Analyst category requires […]

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The L-1 Category and “Doing Business”

The L-1 category allows a U.S. employer to transfer an executive, manager, or specialized knowledge employee from an affiliated foreign office to one of its offices in the United States. To qualify, there are specific requirements that must be satisfied by both the petitioning employer and the beneficiary employee. On the employer’s side, it must […]

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L-1 Renewal Case Summary 1.21.2020

Our office is happy to report another successful trip to the Peace Bridge for an L-1 renewal.  Over the last year, Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has said their rules are changing regarding the adjudication of L-1 renewals.  Moving forward, if an individual has spent approximately six months or longer in the United States per […]

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L-1 Case Summary 1.21.2020

Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli reports another successful trip to the border for a first-time L-1 applicant. When our team puts together an L-1 package, we want to be able to show several things: person holds a qualifying position the foreign entity and U.S.-based entity are properly affiliated; and the two entities are actively doing business.  […]

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TN Engineer Case Summary 1.14.2020

Attorney Zachary Ahlstrom discusses a recent TN application he submitted for an engineer. In this case, our client came to us after he was previously denied TN status at the border. Unfortunately, he submitted his application on New Year’s Day around 10pm, and the officer reviewing the application was not fully versed in the TN […]

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TN Biologist Case Summary 1.14.2020

Attorney Zachary Ahlstrom discusses a recent TN application he prepared for a biologist. Our client applied for status when a U.S. laboratory needed this individual to come to the United States to research cancer medications and the effects of these medications on the human body. To qualify as a biologist under TN status, we need […]

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TN Interior Designer Case Summary 1.3.2020

Attorney Zachary Ahlstrom was able to successfully secure our client’s TN work authorization for a three-year period by showing that the applicant possessed a bachelor’s degree in interior design and was coming into the U.S. to provide interior design services.

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TN Accountant Case Summary 1.3.2020

In addition to describing the TN category, Attorney Zachary Ahlstrom tells us about a recent case where our client is an accountant. He explains the educational requirements needed to show that an individual is qualified for this category. The application was approved for a three-year period and our client is happily working in the U.S.

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TN Landscape Architect Case Summary 1.3.2020

The TN category is designated for Canadian and Mexican citizens who enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services for a U.S. entity. Attorney Zachary Ahlstrom recently assisted a landscape architect enter the U.S. to provide professional services for a large U.S. company. With his help. this application was ultimately approved for a three-year period.

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TN Management Consultant Case Summary 12.03.2019

Attorney Zachary Ahlstrom describes a recent success at the border for a TN client, in which he gathered information on the applicant’s 30 years of relevant experience. With Zachary’s help, our client received a visa for the full three year period in the highly scrutinized category of TN Management Consultant.

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L-1 Case Summary 10.25.2019

In addition to summarizing a successful L-1 application, Attorney Zachary Ahlstrom covers some of the information you should know about entering the U.S. over land versus air. He explains what the I-94 would look like for each and how to check your I-94 status online.

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L-1 Functional Manager Case Summary 10.25.2019

Our firm recently assisted a senior project manager secure an L-1 visa for the full three year period. Attorney Zachary Ahlstrom was able to prove that she would fill the role of function manager, as opposed to a people manager, and would be involved with decision making in the U.S., despite having no direct reports.

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TN Geologist Case Summary 10.15.2019

  Attorney Zachary Ahlstrom describes how our team was able to prove our applicant fulfilled the requirements of the TN Geologist category by showing evidence of his education in a related field and that he would be entering the U.S. to provide services as a geologist. Thanks to his efforts, our client received a visa […]

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TN Case Summary 10.15.2019

Partner Jennifer Behm explains how our team overcame CBP’s objections for a recent TN applicant by mailing in an application to USCIS.  While we typically advise the in-person interview, our team determined that the paper option was the best choice for our client.  We were successful, and our client was able to enter the U.S. […]

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L-1 Case Summary 10.11.2019

One of applicants applied at the Derby Line point of entry in Vermont.  The first time applicant managed teams in the U.S. and Canada.  Our team overcame the challenge of establishing the affiliation between the two teams, including translating voluminous documents and highlighting what information from those documents was important for the case.  Attorney Sarah […]

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L-1 Renewal Case Summary 10.11.2019

Attorney Sarah Michalek tells us a bit about a recent applicant’s success at the border. The applicant was a long time L-1A holder, and our team was able to show that he was within the limits for days spent in the U.S., had permanent ties to Canada, and that he held a managerial role. Border […]

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TN Case Summary 07.31.2019

Associate Attorney with Berardi Immigration Law, Zach Ahlstrom, recently had a successful TN application presented by one of our clients to Customs and Border Protection located at the Peace Bridge port of entry in Buffalo, New York. This client was applying under the Graphic Design designation. In order to qualify under this designation, the beneficiary […]

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TN Visa Case Summary 07.17.2019

Associate Attorney with Berardi Immigration Law, Zach Ahlstrom, recently had a successful TN application presented by one of our clients to Customs and Border Protection located at the Peace Bridge port of entry in Buffalo, New York. This client was applying under the Economist designation. In order to qualify under this designation, the beneficiary must […]

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